Your resume is the first impressions job prospects get about you, your skills and your character so let’s make sure you put your best stiletto (or loafer) forward.
1 | You’ve Got Mail
Keep your email address up to date and professional! I am not talking about your circa 1999 AOL username email that your parents created either; make a new professional email address for prospects to reach you at. My favorite hack is to specifically create an email address for the job hunt! This will keep inquiries from flooding your inbox AND you will know if you got job bites easier than scavenging through your main email inbox
2 | Link it to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great link to include on your resume. With that being said, make sure your profile is up to date with the latest and greatest information. Have your friends endorse some of your skills, make sure that you have highlighted your accomplishments, experience and education further than your resume does.
3 | Skillz
On my resume template I created a place where you can highlight your SKILLS! If you don’t no-one else will and making it stand out separate from your job role is crucial. You also don’t have to repeat 10x that you are exemplary on Microsoft Office or Photoshop. Check out my resume template here: http://bossfidence.com/bossfidence-your-resume/
4 | Extra Extra
It is always great to include 1-2 references of people who have worked with and a cover page. I always like to keep referrals in my back pocket so that way whoever I am going after to be hired knows that I am not only qualified but credible as well. A cover page shows that you are professional and thorough, plus it is your opportunity to do a formal introduction.
5 | PSA: Send a PDF
I cannot stress this enough. Compile all your pages: cover letter, resume and referrals (in that order) to submit to a potential job. I never like to put an editable anything out into the world because not saying they will, but anyone can edit a word doc. That is why i always say it is a best practice to send a well titled PDF. I say well titled because no hiring manager wants to open a document that is titled “6382Resume_worddocx” make sure you make it clear who you are, what it is and the year “Ashley Dunham_Resume_2017”.